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Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Four days after the death of the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, someone who helped to care for him in a Dallas hospital has apparently become the first person to acquire the disease in this country. The New York Times is reporting that the person is a female nurse at the hospital. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden, MD, said the nurse wore the appropriate protective clothing and equipment while caring for the first patient, but she became infected due to a “breach of protocol.” None of the 48 original known contacts of the first patient has shown any symptoms, Texas Health Commissioner David Lakey, MD, said on Sunday. Dallas County Medical Society (DCMS) President Todd Pollock, MD, and John Carlo, MD, chair of the DCMS Community Emergency Response Committee, urged calm. “DCMS physicians have long been trusted community leaders and have a long history of responding to many public health issues, from organizing Dallas’ participation as a field test site for the Salk polio vaccine in 1945, to leading the county’s response to the West Nile Virus epidemic in 2012,” they said in a Sunday night email to Dallas doctors. “Physicians are one of society’s most trusted voices, so it is imperative that we speak up and contribute to the conversation using factual information based on medical science.” In that vein, we offer the following resources: 

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